Babyshambles Free To Do MTV

No sooner had frontman Pete Doherty narrowly avoided being sent to prison by a London court than his band was announced as a late addition to the November 1 MTV Europe Music Awards show in Munich.

The announcement that Babyshambles would perform came three days after Doherty was given a four-month suspended sentence.

At an earlier hearing, he’d pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis, as well as a number of driving offenses.

If he re-offends within the next two years, he risks having to serve the four-month sentence in addition to whatever other punishments the court were to hand out.

MTV already confirmed that Avril Lavigne, Foo Fighters, Mika, My Chemical Romance, Tokio Hotel and Nicole Scherzinger would be on the Munich Olympiahalle bill.

Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland, German tennis legend Boris Becker, Craig David, Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode, Joss Stone and Michael Stipe are among those scheduled to be handing out the awards.

After almost two months of voting, acts from Estonia, Romania and Turkey have triumphed as the finalists for the "New Sounds Of Europe Award," a new voting category that MTV has launched in cahoots with Sony Ericsson.

It focuses on emerging artists and gives MTV audiences a first look at acts on the cusp of breaking onto the international stage.

Viewers in the 18 markets the network covers were asked to nominate their favourite up-and-coming artist to compete in a European-wide competition on the MTV and Sony Ericsson Web sites.

MTV viewers now voting on whether Yakup from Turkey, Firma from Romania or Estonia’s Bedwetters will lift the prize and get to perform live on the night.